His death is seen as tragic and ironic due to his past. When Ashley was 15 he was brutally stabbed by two classmates and friends after they all watched Scream. They took him into the nature reserve on the school campus and stabbed him 18 times with a knife and screwdriver, then left him for dead wrapped in a garbage bag. He was found 40 hours later by a morning walker. He recovered after nine months of hospitalization and remained paralyzed on one side.